In partnership with the Community Restart team, Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, the local council and other organisations, the Blackburn Social Inclusion Service is taking part in a range of activities to support World Mental Health Week, October 9th – 15th. Everyone is welcome to go along and enjoy the fun at the BwD Zone In […]


Creative Support definitely has Got Talent and the competition is well and truly on! The first round auditions of Creative Support’s Got Talent have concluded and the judges have made their selection for the finals on Monday October 10th, World Mental Health Day. You can check out the finalists’ videos on our You Tube channel. […]


Service users and staff took advantage of a special service user community grant and the summer sunshine to make the most of the August bank holiday weekend. For more information and photos, take a look at our special edition newsletter here!


Our projects in North Lincolnshire have already started on their journey to mark World Mental Health Day on October 10th in a creative and original way. Service users and staff from Parkers Lane and Dryden Road mapped out a route around all of Creative Support’s projects for people with mental health needs, totaling a distance […]


Service users are invited to come and meet Creative Support’s Board of Trustees at an afternoon tea on Thursday 20th October at The Midland Hotel in Manchester. You will have the chance to find out what the Board does, ask questions and give feedback on the support you received. The event starts at 3pm and […]


Following the success of their Easter Craft Fair, service users and staff at The Helm in Lancaster have been working hard to put together an Art Exhibition showcasing the work that has been created during the Art For Relaxation Sessions on Tuesdays. Paintings and craftwork including rag rugs, jewellery, bags, quilting and collages make up […]


Calling all creative service users! We are looking for entries for Creative Support’s annual Arts and Crafts Competition and the winning entries will feature in the 2012 calendar. Whatever your speciality, we are looking for all kinds of art and crafts to make our calendar look amazing! Last year’s entries included paintings, decorated t-shirts, posters, […]


Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, our Breakthrough service now has a Whole Body Vibration (WBV) machine, also known as a Power Plate, to support all members’ physical and mental wellbeing. The WBV machine vibrates at a low frequency whilst you stand or sit on it. It can be used to help […]


Creative Support’s second year at Manchester Pride was a fun-filled and fabulous affair! Service users and staff came together to decorate our first ever float; turning a 7.5 tonne truck into a teenager’s bedroom, with posters on the wall and rainbow bedding. The transformation didn’t stop there, as each of the participants went through their […]


Peter Loftus, a Creative Support service user from Manchester, regularly attends Venture Arts in Hulme and has created some fantastic artwork, some of which has recently been shown as part of an exhibition at The Lowry and will be on show at The People’s History Museum next year. Venture Arts run a wide variety of […]


The London Olympics are getting ever nearer and as part of Lloyds TSB Bank’s partnership with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, they are running a number of different promotions. These include opportunities to take part in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay which is due to take place between 18 May 2012 and […]


Service users and staff at The Helm raised money at their Easter Craft Fair to fund a summer activity. The service users took a vote at their Service User Meeting and we decided to spend the funds on a trip to Windermere last month. We used the money to organise and pay for a minibus and […]


The ODEON cinemas are putting on special screenings of Mr Popper’s Penguins (PG) at 37 of their cinemas on Thursday 11th August. This is the UK’s first nationwide ‘Autism Friendly Films’ initiative. Jim Carrey plays Mr Popper in this family comedy about a businessman who doesn’t know anything about the important things in life! This […]


This year Creative Support was once again represented at “Europe’s largest voluntary led pan disability event” which is now in its 20th year and was held on July 10th at Walton Hall Gardens, Warrington. There were a number of events in the days leading up to Disability Awareness Day (DAD) and Dave and Mandy, from […]


This year’s football tournament took place on Saturday 2nd July at The Soccer Village in Milnrow and was even more popular than last year, with more than 30 teams signed up to take part! It was a hot and heady affair, with beautiful sunshine throughout and plenty of competitive spirit! Congratulations go to the Cup […]


My team, the Tyneside Rovers, applied for a Creative Support Service User Involvement Grant to buy football strips to make us feel more like a proper team and to give us more confidence working together. We went to the annual 5-a-Side Football Tournament in Manchester and we all enjoyed ourselves and worked hard as a […]


Every summer, thousands of intrepid adventurers, although some might describe them in other ways, take part in one of the Great Swims! These are open water swims ranging from 1/2 to 2 miles in quays, lakes and lochs across the land! This year, seven of our staff took the plunge, literally and did their bit […]


I joined Creative Support in December 2009 having previously been working as a Manager for Walsingham Social Care and Notting Hill Housing Trust. I am currently the Project Manager for two of our projects for people with a learning disability in Camden. I graduated from University of East London with an LLB Law degree and […]


Warrington Day Centre’s Open Day on June 24th promoted the work we do at the centre and thanks to the hard work of the staff team, volunteers and members, the event was a great success. Volunteer support for the event was very strong, including a first outing for the products of the Gardening and Craft […]


Creative Support is committed to ensuring that the people we support live their lives free from harm and abuse. As part of that commitment, we have made July a special Safeguarding Month to raise everyone’s awareness and understanding of the issues around Safeguarding, to promote best practice and to strengthen everyone’s conviction to take action […]